Advise peanut allergic patients to avoid cumin products

Packaged food should not have enough of the peanut-contaminated cumin to trigger an allergic reaction, but patients with peanut allergy should be careful just in case.

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Advise peanut allergic patients to avoid cumin products
Advise peanut allergic patients to avoid cumin products

HealthDay News — The United States Food and Drug Administration is warning people with peanut allergy to avoid cumin and all products that contain cumin, according to an agency update.

The FDA began recalling of hundreds of products began after traces of peanut were found in cumin in December 2014. Allergy-related recalls this large are rare, but undeclared allergens are the leading cause of food recalls in the United States.

At least seven complaints from consumers related to the peanut-tainted cumin have been reported to the FDA. The spice is often used in Indian and Tex-Mex foods. The recalled products include items such as spice mixes, black beans, and meats with marinades that include cumin.

Packaged food should not have enough of the peanut-contaminated cumin to trigger an allergic reaction, but people with peanut allergy should be careful just in case, the FDA said. The agency also noted that some of the recalled products may not specifically list cumin, but say "spices" instead. The FDA did not say how peanut got into the cumin.

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